At the end of 2010, Airfix released a new double kit of the Bedford QLD General Service Truck & QLT Troop Carrier. Iíd seen mention of this kit during the year & had assumed that it would be just the rolling chassis & cab from their old QL refueller with new parts for the rear body. When the kit appeared in my local model shop, however, I was pleased to find that it was a completely new tool & very nicely done too, with the exception of vast numbers of ejection pin marks on the chassis & body of both kits. Most of these are underneath , but I elected to fill them on this QLD. Fortunately, the marks are the same size as one of the punches in my Historex punch & die set, so I stamped out a number of 10 thou plasticard discs & glued them into the marks, sanding flat when dry. The only other problem which I encountered during construction was the fuel tank, which has a recessed end with engraved detail, but is split horizontally across this face, leaving a rather tricky filing & sanding job.
Once the bulk of construction was completed, it was time to consider a colour scheme.
Somewhat unimaginatively, Airfix suggest that both the QLD & QLT be finished in the late-war SCC15 Olive Drab & SCC14 Blue Black scheme.
I may well do the QLT in this scheme at some time in the future, but for the QLD I fancied something a little different &
after flicking through Mike Starmerís various books, eventually decided on the late-1943 Middle East/Sicily/Italy scheme of Light Mud & Blue Black.
I sprayed everything with WEM Light Mud & then brush-painted the Blue Black using Revellís acrylic Anthracite.
To give a little contrast, I painted the tilt in a mix of Lifecolor Dunkelgelb & white to simulate bleached canvas, then used Vallejo Dark Rubber for the camo pattern.
Photos and text © by John Green